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Two championship contenders are off to a bad start at New Hampshire Sean Gardner/Getty Images
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 09: Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 Mountain Dew Chevrolet,, Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet,, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Caramel Toyota, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Hurricane Harvey Relief Toyota, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald's Chevrolet, Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Ford, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Fastenal Ford, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, pose for a photo after making the playoffs following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 9, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

A pair of championship contenders are off to a bad start in preparation for Sunday’s playoff race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr. and Jamie McMurray were each docked 30 minutes of practice time for failing three different inspections before last weekend’s race at Chicagoland.

As a result, they’ll both miss practice time on Saturday during the final practice session prior to Sunday’s race.

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Truex eventually won the race at Chicagoland after dominating the final stage.

Saturday’s practice time is 50 minutes, so Truex and McMurray will miss over half of the scheduled time.

Rookies Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez were both docked 15 minutes during the final practice because their cars failed two inspections each before the race at Chicagoland.

Saturday’s practice is scheduled from 11:30 to 12:20 ET. The race is Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

(h/t NBC Sports)

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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